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Rollins Planetarium Show Explores “Extreme Planets”

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Author: John Daniels
Media Contact: Krystin Dean
(706) 379-5237, kndean@yhc.edu

Rollins Planetarium Show Explores “Extreme Planets”

YOUNG HARRIS, Ga.-- Young Harris College's O. Wayne Rollins Planetarium will present the full-dome show “Extreme Planets” during May, June and July. The shows are scheduled for 8:30 p.m. on the following Friday evenings: May 16, May 23, June 20, June 27 and July 18. Planetarium admission is $5 for adults, $3 for students, and free with YHC ID.
 
Just over a decade ago, no known planets orbited Sun-like stars outside our solar system. Today, all that has changed. In recent years, accelerated developments in astronomy have revealed hundreds of extrasolar planets—with the pace of discovery increasing all the time. While it may be years before direct images of the surfaces of these worlds are available, this show gives audiences an idea of what they might look like—up close and personal!
 
Narrated by René Auberjonois of “Star Trek: Deep Space Nine,” this show explores the idea of what “Earth-like” really means and takes audiences on an immersive journey to worlds that may stretch the imagination, but aren't science fiction anymore.
 
O. Wayne Rollins Planetarium features a state-of-the-art GOTO Chronos Space Simulator star projector with a full-dome digital projection system, the Sky-Skan Definiti, in a 40-foot dome theater with 5.1 surround sound. Recently renovated with comfortable seating for 104, Rollins Planetarium offers public shows and educational opportunities for school groups throughout the year. Rollins Planetarium is located in the Maxwell Center on the YHC campus.
 
If skies are clear, the YHC Observatory is open immediately after planetarium shows. The observatory features a Schmidt-Cassegrain telescope and is located around 1.5 miles from campus at Brasstown Valley Resort. Maps are available at the planetarium. Observing sessions last up to one hour and include a guided tour of the constellations.
 
For more information about planetarium and observatory events, call (706) 379-5195 or visit yhc.edu/planetarium.
 
About Young Harris College

Young Harris College is a private, baccalaureate degree-granting college located in the beautiful mountains of north Georgia. Founded in 1886 and historically affiliated with The United Methodist Church, Young Harris College educates, inspires and empowers students through the highest quality liberal arts education. The College currently has more than 1,100 students across five divisions—Education, Fine Arts, Humanities, Mathematics and Science, and Social and Behavioral Sciences. The historic campus in Young Harris, Ga., is currently undergoing major campus improvements to accommodate the College’s growth, including recent completion of a 226-bed residence hall that is expected to earn LEED certification, a 248-bed, apartment-style residential village and a 57,000-square-foot, LEED-certified recreation center. In 2011, the College was granted candidacy for NCAA Division II athletics, and in 2012, was invited to become the 14th member of the Peach Belt Conference. YHC is among fewer than 300 colleges and universities nationwide named to the 2013-2014 list of Colleges of Distinction. For more information, visit yhc.edu.

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